ORIENT manager Russell Slade has spoken after a lively transfer deadline day in E10 with two players departing and one arriving.
“It was a busy day for us in the end. Firstly we welcome Shaun Batt who has always been on our radar. He’s played against my sides before over the years and has always been a real handful. He’s quick, tall and strong but also adaptable and has bags of ability.” Said Russell.
“He’s out of contract as well in the summer so I’m sure he will be eager to impress. He’s also eligible to play in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy which is a bonus for us and he will go straight into the squad for Saturday at Stevenage.
“Michael Symes has gone off to Burton until the end of the season too which will be good for him to get some games under his belt and hopefully get some confidence back whilst Ben Chorley also left us for Stevenage and as I said yesterday, we thank him for his service and wish him all the best with his new challenge.”
With the games coming thick and fast at the moment, The O’s travel to Stevenage tomorrow and Slade is expecting a tough trip to The Lamex Stadium.
“Stevenage will be a real test for us. They’re a strong side who are enjoying a good season and even that is only a short journey down the road for us, it is never an easy place to go so we will need to be on full alert for that. The spirit has been excellent recently and I’m confident we can keep that going.
“Nathan Clarke has returned to full training too which has been great for everyone and he could possibly be involved at the weekend also.”